Associate Professor and Chair Michael Hagge was appointed to the Green Fee Committee. This committee decides how to use the funds generated
by the Sustainable Campus Fee paid by students.
Professor Jenna Thompson worked with U of M Sustainability Coordinator Amelia Mayahi to plan activities for
the U of M “Celebrate Recycling” events that took place this past November. Thompson
also arranged a lecture at which Jack Cowan of Cowan House spoke about strategies
for designing a Net Zero home.
Donalyn Heise, along with Dr. Laura MacGillivray, associate professor of Instruction and Curriculum
Leadership, organized an event, Mothers Reflect on a Family Art and Literacy Program
in the Midst of Recovery, as part of her ongoing collaboration with the Salvation Army
Renewal Place this past fall. Heise created this program so that mothers who are homeless,
have addictions, and have a child under 10 years old can read children’s literature and
explore and create works of art.
Museum Media Specialist Jason Miller curated a show entitled “Circuitous Succession” between July and November 2013. The
exhibition was presented in sixteen installments at Gasoline Gallery on Broad Avenue.
Assistant Professor Todd Richardson accepted an award on behalf of the Crosstown Development Project at the Memphis Business Quarterly
Innovation Awards Breakfast. He is the co-director of Crosstown Arts.
Dr. Michael Osborn, professor emeritus, and his wife, Dr. Suzanne Osborn, were honored at this year’s
National Communication Association for their support of the outstanding community college
educator award. The award has been renamed The Michael and Suzanne Osborn Community
College Outstanding Educator Award in their honor.
Professor Lily Afshar released a new album, Musica da Camera. The album features Upensky’s “Musical Sketches
on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin” and music by Paganini and Piazzolla, as well as performances
by faculty members, Jim Gholson, Daniel Gilbert, Tim Shiu, Anthony Gilbert, Leonardo Altino, John Chiego and Frank Schaffer.
Dr. Victor Asunción was recently added to the Steinway Artist roster. This distinction places Dr. Asunción
in an ultra-elite group of performing musicians recognized by the iconic piano manufacturer
Steinway & Sons.
Professor Kamran Ince received a $7,500 Arts and Letters Award in Music for 2013 from the
Alumni Association. This award honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the
composer who has arrived at his or her own voice.
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Professor Robert Hetherington was named Provost Fellow for 2013-2014 to work on special projects related to academic
planning for the University of Memphis. He was also commissioned by The Stratford
Festival and The Shaw Festival to write essays for their current seasons. Additionally,
Rhodes College asked Robert to act as a guest director for their production, Anton
in Show Business.
Mary Haizlip (BST ’99) was recently profiled in The Commercial Appeal with her husband, Reb,
for their successful careers as museum architects. Past projects of this couple and
their company, Haizlip Studio, include the University Center at University of Memphis,
Starry Nights, My Big Backyard Children's Garden at Memphis Botanic Garden and the
Tunica County Museum in Mississippi.
Johnathan Preyer (BFA ’13) won second place for his infographic “Sitting Disease” in the Global Spa
& Wellness Summit. The piece was showcased in New Delhi, India in October.
Tom Ray (BFA ’91) was featured in a recent article in the Memphis Business Journal. Ray recently began
a new position as senior production manager at Oden, a Memphis company specializing
in B2B marketing strategy, design, content development and technology.
Victoria Russell (MA ’07) gave a lecture at the University of Memphis on how the law, art and artifacts
intersect entitled, “Caveat Emptor: International Cultural Property and the Law.” Russell
is senior managing editor of the Northern Kentucky Law Review and JD candidate at the
Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Holly Whitfield (BFA ’09) has taken over as writer for the I Love Memphis blog. Whitfield works at
the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau as the new media content strategist.
Art education professionals in Tennessee have selected Briarcrest Christian School
art teacher Melody Weintraub (BA ’78, MAT ’07) as the 2014 TAEA Middle School Art Educator of the Year.
Jocelyn Donald (BA ’11), known as Jo’zzy in the music industry, recently released her first solo
recording project entitled Twenty90s. Since graduation, Jo’zzy has worked as a songwriter
collaborating with such artists as Ginuwine, Jamie Foxx, Nate Walka and Trey Songz.
In July, Jo’zzy made an appearance at the Memphis Music Foundation as part of their “Backstage
Pass” of music industry insider seminars.
Ruth Ann Hale (BA ’85) was named director of development and public relations for the Baddour Center
in Senatobia, Mississippi. She previously worked as director of media and community
relations at Methodist Healthcare for nearly 19 years.
Grant Milner (BA ’13) earned the C-USA Scholar-Athlete award this past summer. This distinction
is given to students for their academic accomplishments, athletic achievement and
Michael Thompson (BA ’94) recently accepted the position of managing editor for Channing Bete Company,
a publishing company in Massachusetts. A former Daily Helmsman editor, he previously
worked in the newspaper industry for 20 years.
MArch students Megan Hoover and Robert Taylor Jr. had models selected to be part of the “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy” traveling
exhibition. The exhibit began its tour in Frankfurt, Germany, and was on display at the
Art Museum at the University of Memphis this fall. BFA students James Bowles, Sarah Hawkins,
Dale Harris, and Emily Sinden- Redding, alumnus Robert Paulus (BFA ‘11, MArch ’13)
and Martin Pantik, undeclared student with an interest in Architecture, also had models
on display in the AMUM exhibit.
Junior Kala Funderburk received a Women’s All-Academic individual honor from the United States Track & Field
and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Paul Morelli was recently featured in a Commercial Appeal article outlining his history in musical
studies and his future career goals. Morelli is a DMA student studying trumpet.
The Commercial Appeal recently paid homage to Rudi E. Scheidt for arranging a sale 50 years ago on behalf of Hohenberg Bros. Co. of Memphis and
acquiring the first export license to ship cotton or any other commodities on credit
to an Iron Curtain country.
Dead Soldiers, band of former student Michael Jasud, was named one of the most promising new bands in a recent issue of The Commercial
Appeal. Michael is the son of Associate Dean Moira Logan and Art Professor Larry Jasud.